LAST DAY ON EARTH

If it’s the title of a movie you expect
everything to become important—a kiss,
a shrug, a glass of wine, a walk with the dog.

But if the day is real, life is only
as significant as yesterday—the kiss
hurried, the shrug forgotten, and now,

on the path by the river, you don’t notice
the sky darkening beyond the pines because
you’re imagining what you’ll say at dinner,

swirling the wine in your glass.
You don’t notice the birds growing silent
or the cold towers of clouds moving in,

because you’re explaining how lovely
and cool it was in the woods. And the dog
had stopped limping!—she seemed

her old self again, sniffing the air and alert,
the way dogs are to whatever we can’t see.
And I was happy, you hear yourself saying,

because it felt as if I’d been allowed
to choose my last day on earth,
and this was the one I chose.

Lawrence Raab | Mistaking Each Other For Ghosts, 2015

Juana Olga Barrios | Primitivos, 2017

MAD WATCH | AMERICA DIVIDED

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

Picasso + Maya

Atwood + Polley | Alias Grace

Erasure Poetry

Gabrielle Union’s conversation with Lena Dunham

painting | Pablo Picasso, Femme au béret rouge à pompon, 1937

THE PARIS REVIEW HAS A PODCAST!

Best news of the day (besides Mueller’s indictments)!

WHO IS SAM HARRIS?

“The illusoriness of free will is as certain a fact as the truth of evolution, in my mind. And, unlike evolution, understanding this truth about the human mind has the potential to change our sense of moral goodness and what it would mean to create a just society.

The question of free will touches nearly everything people care about: religion, public policy, politics, the legal system, feelings of personal accomplishment, emotions like guilt and pride, and remorse. So much of human life seems to depend on our viewing one another as conscious agents capable of free choice.”

 

SUNDAYS IN NEW YORK

I  ♥  NY

THE RED SHOES

Holy toe shoes . . .  SO GOOD!

WE TELL OURSELVES STORIES IN ORDER TO LIVE

I  ♥ Joan Didion

DEW LIGHT

Now in the blessed days of more and less
when the news about time is that each day
there is less of it I know none of that
as I walk out through the early garden
only the day and I are here with no
before or after and the dew looks up
without a number or a present age

W. S. Merwin | The Moon Before Morning, 2014

Juana Olga Barrios | Primitivos, 2017

DIETLAND | SARAI WALKER

“I think it’s a response to terrorism. From the time we’re little girls, we’re taught to fear the bad man who might get us. We’re terrified of being raped, abused, even killed by the bad man, but the problem is, you can’t tell the good ones from the bad ones, so you have to wary of them all. We’re told not to go out by ourselves late at night, not to dress a certain way, not to talk to male strangers, not to lead men on. We take self-defense classes, keep our doors locked, carry pepper spray and rape whistles. The fear of men is ingrained in us from girlhood. Isn’t that a form of terrorism?”

Sarai Walker | Dietland

MAD LISTENS | SCENE ON RADIO

The Seeing White series is excellent and highly recommended.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

Scott Budnick ♥

Melissa Breyer’s photographs

Alan Jacobs | How to Think

Working to Disarm Women’s Anti-Aging Demons

Stefan Draschan | People Matching Artworks

photograph | Vivian Maier